Jack Hickey (rugby)

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Jack Hickey
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John Hickey posing with test cap and team kit
Full name John Joseph Hickey[1]
Nickname Jack
Date of birth 4 June 1887[1]
Place of birth Sydney, NSW[1]
Date of death 15 May 1950(1950-05-15) (aged 63)[1]
Place of death Darlinghurst, New South Wales
Rugby league career
Position Three-quarter
Professional clubs
Years Club / team Apps (points)
National teams
Years Club / team Apps (points)
1910 Australia 2 (5)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position centre[1]
National team(s)
Years Club / team Apps (points)
1908-09[1] Australia 2[1] (0)[1]

Jack 'Darb' Hickey (4 January 1887 – 15 May 1950)[2] was a pioneer Australian rugby union and rugby league player and represented his country at both sports. He was one of the Australia's early dual-code rugby internationals. He competed in the 1908 Summer Olympics. He was famous for scoring the first ever try for the Kangaroos in a Rugby League test match.

Rugby union career[edit]

Hickey toured Britain and North America with the Wallabies captained by Paddy Moran in 1908-09. He earned two Test caps against Wales and England on the tour and was a member of the Olympic gold medal winning Wallabies at the 1908 London games.

On his return to Australia he joined the fledgling code of rugby league along with 13 of his Olympic teammates.

1908 Olympic Gold Final Wallabies v Cornwall.
Olympic medal record
Men's Rugby union
Gold medal – first place 1908 London Team competition

Rugby league career[edit]

Hickey made his international league debut in the First Test in Sydney on 18 June 1910. Four of his former Wallaby team mates also debuted that day John Barnett, Bob Craig, Charles Russell and Chris McKivat - making them collectively Australia's 11th to 15th dual code internationals. This mirrored a similar occurrence two years earlier when five former Wallabies in Micky Dore, Dally Messenger, Denis Lutge, Doug McLean snr and Johnny Rosewell all debuted for the Kangaroos in the first ever Test against New Zealand.

He played in both rugby league Tests of the 1910 Great Britain Lions tour of Australasia, the first ever, and scoring the first ever try for Australia in a Rugby League Test Match.

Hickey front row 2nd from right, with the 1908 Wallaby tour squad

Darb Hickey played 4 seasons with Glebe (rugby league team) and one season at Balmain Tigers during his club career.


"Darb' Hickey died of cancer on 15 May 1950 at the Sacred Heart Hospice, St. Vincent's Hospital. He was aged 63 and was survived by his eight children. A well attended funeral was held for Darb, and he was buried at Rookwood Cemetery on 16 May 1950.[3]


  • Whiticker, Alan (2004) Captaining the Kangaroos, New Holland, Sydney

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Scrum.com player profile of Jack Hickey". Scrum.com. Retrieved 12 July 2010. 
  2. ^ other sources gave his date of birth 16 January 1887
  3. ^ Sydney Morning Herald: Death/Funeral Notice. 16/05/1950 (page 18)